From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.
Here’s No. 6 — Alex Burrows scoring a series-winning goal for Vancouver against its hated rival, Chicago.
On the morning of Apr. 18, all was well with the Vancouver Canucks. They woke up owning a commanding 3-0 series lead in their opening-round playoff series with Chicago, with goalie Roberto Luongo allowing just five goals over three games.
But eight days later — on the morning of Tues, Apr. 26 — the Canucks were a far different bunch.
They’d blown their seemingly insurmountable series lead in spectacular fashion — losing 7-2, 5-0 and 4-3 (overtime) — and even replaced Luongo in goal with Cory Schneider after Luongo got torched in Games 4 and 5.
The Canucks headed into the decisive Game 7 looking to exorcise their playoff demons and eliminate the team that had ended each of their last two seasons.
In overtime, Alex Burrows did exactly that:
After the game, Burrows told reporters winning the way they did was perfect for the Canucks.
“I think it feels even better getting it done this way,” he said. “We didn’t make it easy on ourselves.”
Sometimes a final score is misleading. In the case of the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars, it might just be the start of the story.
Honestly, the most positive thing the Stars can say is “Well, at least it was just one game.”
It was one ugly game, however, and now the Blues hold a 2-1 series lead with a chance to really take control if they can win Game 4 at home.
The Blues dominated just about every category on Tuesday, firing more shots on goal, enjoying better special teams play and throwing more hits. They even blocked a higher number of shots, which often isn’t the case for the squad that carries play.
This leaves the Stars picking up the pieces, especially when it comes to their work in their own end.
Do you put greater blame on struggling goaliesKari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi or is this more about the Stars’ lax defensive coverage? The scary answer may be “Both,” and the Stars likely know that they need to find answers quickly.